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Monday, February 3, 2014

3 Ways of Keeping Track of Inventory When You Work from Home

Keeping track of inventory is one of the most important things that you could do for your business. Without proper tracking you could be losing money.

A few years ago when I first started my at home business, I was posting items that I had on order to my website and soon found out that this was a bad idea. I had angry customers because the products were taking longer to get to them than I had originally listed. These customers ended up getting major discounts and free stuff from me just to keep them satisfied. I learned a great lesson from all of this and I hope that you can understand why it's important to keep track of your inventory.

There are plenty of ways of keeping track of your inventory and here are a few that many of my friends and I have used over the years. Let me know what inventory system you use to keep track of the products that you sell from home.

Spreadsheet:


This is an inexpensive way of keeping track of your inventory but it is also time consuming since you have to enter the data into the spread sheet if it's not already available for download. There are plenty of spread sheets that you can use that are premade and will help you to keep track.

Barcodes:


Some people choose to use barcodes instead which is a great system for those of us who are high tech or have a massive load of inventory. I like barcodes especially if I have a variety of products or many of the same items. It keeps me up to date and I can scan the barcodes to keep track of my inventory. There are even barcode apps now that will help you to make the most out of keep track of your inventory from home.

Online Inventory Trackers:


These are often some of the best resources that you could use to keep track of your inventory and most of them now come with apps for you to use right along with them. This works by either entering the information into the forms or by barcodes. There are plenty of them out there but a lot of them cost money.


So, now you have it....three great ways of keeping track of your inventory other than using a pencil and paper.What ways do you use to keep track of your inventory?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Making an Income Selling Crafts from Home

My goal is to make a minimum of $300 a week to replace my income so that I may work from home fulltime once again. It's very hard to start over from scratch like I am doing. I once had a crafting business going and it was going full throttle but then life got in the way of things and now I am trying to pick up the pieces and get my crafting business going once again. 

I hope you will join me on this journey to building my crafting business. I am going to show you each time that I do something different and what I gained or lost out of it so that you can do the same thing. If you are already a success, please feel free to tutor me on this as well.  

First thing is first....getting the products made. 

I have learned over trial and error that you can't just offer once product and expect to earn income quickly especially when it comes to crafting. There is a massive need for crafters and all crafting items can and will sell it just takes time and you must know how to price your products but I will get into this a little more later. 

So, what do I sell? 

I sell all kinds of things that I make. I sell woven headbands and have a cool little tutorial on it, hair-bows, hemp bracelets, survival bracelets, jewlery, wood products, and so much more. I pretty much have something for everyone in my shop. 

Anyways, I will keep you updated and hopefully you will do the same and I am super curious as to what you have in store. 

Craft Fair Vendors (food, Bands, Crafts) (Persimmon Hollow) in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

ALL TYPES OF VENDORS NEEDED FOR EVENT (Artisian show)- At Persimmon Hollow a 1880's western village set on 3 acres full of shops is going to have their first craft festival of 2014 on Feb 23-24. Setup is on Friday the 22nd the hours of the show are Friday 10-5, Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-5. We are looking for artists, crafters, face painters, music and food vendors. We will have make and takes for the kids, music and lots of fun. Just $25.00 for all three days inside and outside booths available call Shelly at 918-691-7623 for this event only. Location is 6927 S. 115th E. Ave in Broken Arrow its right off 71st and Garnett behind the Salvation Army.

Come see P3 Creative Ceramics & More at Persimmon Hollow Village - Antiques, Collectibles & Craftsmen we will have lots of great handmade jewelry, handpainted ceramics, crafts and much more...also

Vendors are needed of all types - crafts, direct sales, food, antiques, furniture you name it. They are open all year long - Friday, Saturday and Sunday

For full time vendor information contact - Persimmon Hollow Village - Antiques, Collectibles & Craftsmen is a wonderful 1880's type village that is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10-5 they are open all year long and there are lots of vendors selling everything from crafts to antiques and anything in between. They have many artisians working on their crafts as you watch and making items for you as you shop. Inside the barn area it is heated and cooled and the 9x15 space is just $25.00 a weekend. They also have several buildings for rent if you want a store front to come and go from. It is located in Broken Arrow just off 71st and Garnett behind the salvation Army store. Call Bill at 918-857-6294 for more information on getting a booth.

If you are having a craft fair or know of one in the Oklahoma area, please give me a shout out so that I may include it in this blog. 

This listing was taken from an ad in Craigslist if the owner of this ad would like for me to remove this post, please let me know. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Blog of a Crafty Girl Re-Opens

This blog has been dormant for a while and I even moved it to its own domain name with a different server and all but, lets face it, with tough times comes tough decisions that you have to make and i wasn't able to keep up with the financial part of it. I became sad because I really loved it and wanted it to blossom to it's full potential.

What Happened to Blog of a Crafty Girl?

My divorce happened and I lost my lovely little crafting business and over half of my financial support and shortly after this, a tornado hit my home and I lost everything else that I had left. I ended up moving to a much smaller town; in fact, there are only two stores and about 21 churches in this little town. I am slowely building my crafting business back up and I will eventually get to where I was but for now I am trying to gain back all of the customers that I once had and all of the followers that loved this crafting blog.

I had made so much money before that a real job was never a question for me but this all came to an end and I found myself slaving in the real world trying to make ends meet during the recession.

What's Going to be Different?

Well, I am for one. I am different because my life struggles have made me stronger and who I am becoming. As for this blog, I am going to be working on a lot of different projects that I hope you will enjoy and hopefully I will be completely back in business before too long. I am not sure how frequent that I will be able to update this crafting blog since I can't quit my day job, well at least not yet anyways. I will try to give you at least one good post or crafting tutorial a week just to keep you interested until I am able to do a lot more with it.

What's Next for Blog of a Crafty Girl?

I am taking it one day at a time and building up my readers and my clients so that I can offer you a lot more when it comes to running your own crafting business. I like discovering new ways to make or build things and I love doing tutorials since I believe that when  you make it yourself, you cherish it a lot more. With the holidays coming up I am sure that you are going to appreciate all of the new tutorials that I do.

With this blog re-opening I hope that you get a chance to look around and take part in some of the challenges that I will be doing. I haven't had a chance to get my products back up but when I do I will be sure to list them and in my tutorials I will be giving you links and tips on where to purchase the materials for the products.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Saturday, November 24, 2012

How to make a Loopy Flower Hair Bow Tutorial

My husband often asks me why I put tutorials on here since I sell a lot of the things that I make. My response is like the response of most honest crafters, I believe that everyone should know how to make the things that they love to wear. Well, that and because I also sell a lot of crafting supplies as well as the actual product since I know that some people just don't have the time or patience to make the items themselves.

So, here is the tutorial that you have all bee waiting for. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Materials:   
3/8 ribbon (however many colors that you like, I used two colors in this pattern) needle and thread( I used transparent thread because this is what I had on hand, ruler for measuring, glue(I love my hot glue gun).

Step 1, Preparing the ribbon: 

Cut the first color into 4 inch pieces and set them aside. Then grab your next ribbon and cut it into 3 inch pieces. Your last color should be cut into 2 inch pieces. You can cut as many of each size as you like as long as there are an equal number of pieces in each set. I used seven pieces of each size to make this one.

Step 2, threading the ribbon: 

Now you are going to take the largest size and place one of these pieces on the needle. Place each size ribbon onto the needle now so that one side is on the needle and the other side dangles. Follow the next three photos so you can see what it will look like. Side Note: Make sure that you tie a good knot on the end of the thread so that the ribbon doesn't slip off. 


Step 3, looping the ribbon:

 Now you are going to start with the smallest piece and work your way to the largest piece on the needle and loop the dangling ends by sticking the needle through them. Follow the next set of photos for a demonstration. 




Step 4, sealing the ends: 

I seal the ends once I have a set on the needle because it is much quicker than having to burn them one at a time, this way you get both ends at the same time. Much, much faster. Continue the steps above until you have all of your ribbon on the thread.
                                                     


Step 5, tying the knot:

 I don't know if you can see the thread since it is transparent but once you place all of your ribbon on the needle and pull it to the knot on your thread, you are going to want to grab the thread on the needle and the thread with the knot and tie these two together. Tie them a few times to make sure that they don't come undone but don't tie them to tight or you won't be able to fix the loops into a pretty flower. 

Final Step: 

Actually, there is no final step other than gluing something pretty into the center of the flower so that it doesn't look plane. Also, you can either glue a clip on the other side or attach it to a headband.


 Here is one I did for Christmas and I added a small bow in the center of it but I have also added buttons and different things to the center of them.

 

 I hope you enjoyed this loopy bow tutorial and if you did, please share it with your friends on facebook or Pinterest. I also sell ribbon, clips, plastic headbands, and other crafting supplies and products at MariasValentineRose at really great prices to make items like the one above.






Sunday, November 11, 2012

Inexpensive Construction Paper Organizer

I kept trying to figure out what to do with all my construction paper since I had them tucked nicely in a draw but I needed that draw to be free. I ran across a picture while doing a search on Google for inexpensive storage spaces and saw a photo with no link attached to it for one similar to this one. I thought,"what a great idea". So, I did this myself and thought I would share it. My total cost was $1 at the dollar store for a dish drainer and it organizes my papers nicely and I now have a place to put my markers as well. Can't beat this deal......